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Is muscle weight as unhealthy as fat weight?

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There’s an assumption that fat is bad, but muscle weight, that’s good.

While I can definitely say that in American culture, muscle is considered more aesthetically pleasing than fat (and is also useful for sports and self-defense), I don’t see where there’s any solid evidence that it’s healthier.

People have a tendency to confuse aesthetically pleasing with healthy. People think a suntan looks “healthy” when in fact sun exposure increases the risk of cancer.

Consider this most basic fact: Women, on average, significantly outlive men. Men have a lot more muscle weight than women.

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Is it height? Commenter destructure says that short people live longer, and women live longer than men because they are shorter:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024320502025031

The message for women is clear. If you want healthy long-lived children, marry a short skinny man, not a tall muscular man.

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November 16, 2017 at EST am

Overweight by state and race

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Overweight and Obesity Rates for Adults by Race/Ethnicity

If you want to find the most prole state, find the state with the highest obesity rate for whites. (The chart shows the percent of people who have a BMI of 25+. In case you are curious, my BMI is less than 25.)

The winner is, not surprisingly, West Virginia.

(I find the stats for Guam to be suspect, I think that there’s a small sample size and some very fat Pacific Islander types are self-identifying as white.)

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November 16, 2017 at EST am

Exercise CAUSES heart disease

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319781.php

For real. Specifically, exercise significantly increases the risk of coronary artery calcification (CAC), a condition characterized by a buildup of plaque in the main vessels that supply blood to the heart.

So the message that “you got a heart attack because you were too lazy to exercise” turns out to have been fake news.

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October 18, 2017 at EST pm

I think that gender reassignment surgery means society is going insane

http://quillette.com/2017/10/06/misunderstanding-new-kind-gender-dysphoria/

Surgery can’t change a woman into a man or vice versa, it can only turn someone into a freak.

Why are doctors performing gender reassignment surgery? What happened to the Hippocratic Oath, to do no harm?

This is an example of a mass delusion that people think this all makes sense.

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October 6, 2017 at EST pm

Old people in Florida need electricity to live

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/multiple-deaths-reported-fla-irma-wake-poses-new-threats-article-1.3492623

Without electricity for air conditioning, they are dying from the heat. Maybe Florida isn’t such a good place to retire after all?

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September 13, 2017 at EST am

Is there a mandate to repeal Obamacare?

Some commenters have said that. “Trump said in every campaign appearance that he was going to repeal Obamacare.” Actually, he always said he was going to repeal and REPLACE Obamacare, and sometimes said he was going to “replace Obamacare with something TERRIFIC.”

I’m sure the people at the rallies imagined that they were going to get Trumpcare that would be better than Obamacare because the website would work a lot better, the deductibles would be lower, and the whole thing would be a lot less confusing. They didn’t sign on for replacing Obamacare with tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent. They didn’t board the Trump Train because they were followers of Ayn Rand and wanted to live in Galt’s Gulch, they boarded because they thought Trump was the only guy who cared about regular non-elite non-minority Americans.

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July 28, 2017 at EST am

Tort reform?

“gda” writes in a comment:

Krauthammer says tort reform alone would lower health costs 25%. But of course the lawyers work assiduously to make sure there is no real discussion, and certainly no implementation, of that.

Great idea, Republicans should work on tort reform instead of repealing Obamacare. Everybody would win except for lawyers.

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July 19, 2017 at EST pm

About Obamacare

Trump should have taken my advice.

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My advice for what issue to tackle next? Immigration! Not taxes. No no no. Especially when your tax policy team is a bunch of right-wing hacks. And you have loonies like Rand Paul thrown into the mix.

Get the damn wall funded. That’s what the people voted for. They voted for a wall. Not tax cuts for the top 1%.

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July 19, 2017 at EST am

Are SWPL kids becoming shorter?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drinking-non-cows-milk-soy-almond-may-affect-childrens-height-study/

It was reported two weeks ago that children who drank more milk were taller, but children who drank milk-alternatives like almond milk and soy milk were significantly shorter.

Who the hell gives their children almond or soy milk to drink? The answer is SWPLs. Stupid SWPLs who think that cholesterol is bad for their kids.

In the future, Harvard will be full of these short little midget people raised on vegan crap.

That is, if shorter stature is uncorrelated with SAT scores. Although I’m not convinced that the Flynn Effect is real, given that the alleged long-time trend of increasing IQs happened at the same time as the long-time trend of increasing height, it is possible that withholding milk and other high-fat high-protein foods from kids will also lower their IQ.

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ASF writes: “Study proves nothing whatsoever. Even though the results may support our dislike for SWPL behavior, we have to be careful to not believe a study just because it purports to support our side.”

How about the evidence that the Dutch are the world’s tallest people, and the Netherlands has the highest per capita milk consumption?

Also, remember my rule that you should always believes studies that show that SWPL foods or behavior are bad, because studies are always biased in the other direction.

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June 18, 2017 at EST pm

Medicaid-for-all much less expensive than private insurance!

If you look at this chart you’ll see that average Medicaid spending per adult (which I presume are those adults who don’t qualify for Medicare) was only $3,247 per year in FY2011.

That’s a lot less money per enrollee than the cost of Obamacare insurance policies. Plus Medicaid covers 100% of medical expenses, not like crappy Obamacare plans that come with huge deductibles and copays and where you have to fight with the insurance company over every bill to avoid being ripped off.

Less expensive per enrollee plus 100% free coverage plus better customer service.

So why can’t scrap our private-insurance-based health system and just go with Medicaid?

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March 26, 2017 at EST pm

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